Category Archives: anxiety

The twins: Fibromyalgia/ PTSD

“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go onto permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment”, Judith Lewis Herman In my book almost a decade ago, I wrote about Gulf War syndrome … Continue reading

Posted in 'emotional intelligence', anxiety, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, flashbaacks, pain, PTSD and fibromyalgia, resilience, sleep disturbances | 10 Comments

Fibromyalgia is NOT a ‘Disease’! Manual therapists to “help”?

“Names are not always what they seem”, Mark Twain How to go about convincing experts and the general population that fibromyalgia is not a disease, but a Medically Unexplained Syndrome (MUS)? It is in fact, a dis-ease. It is mysterious … Continue reading

Posted in andrew still, anxiety, barrett dorko, chiropractors, craniosacral therapy, dermo-neuro-modulation, diane jacobs, Fibromyalgia, harry von Piekartz, itching, massage therapy, Medically unexplained syndrome, Osteopaths, physiotherapy, PTSD, reflexology, sense of touch, subluxation, thomas hanna, yoga | 20 Comments

Fibromyalgia: Living with Chronic Pain

“In three words I can sum up everything I’ve learned about life: it goes on”, Robert Frost I have frequently cited the works of adiemusfree from her HealthSkills Blog. She has become my guru for updates on research regarding pain. I … Continue reading

Posted in adiemusfree, anxiety, Buddhism and suffering, depression, Fibromyalgia, ignorance and passion, meditation, pacing, pain clinic, Toni Bernhard | 15 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

“After a traumatic experience, the human system of self-preservation seems to go into permanent alert, as if the danger might return at any moment” , Judith Lewis Herman There has been a great deal of public awareness of late regarding … Continue reading

Posted in adrenal glands, anxiety, battle fatigue, catastrophizing, cortisol, elaine aron, Fibromyalgia, flashbacks, Gulf War Syndrome, highly sensitive persons, hormones as chemical messengers, hyper-vigilance, hypothalmus, mindfulness meditation, pituitary gland, shell shock, startle, veterans with PTSD | 58 Comments

Fibromyalgia: the overmedicated ‘patient’

“America is one of the few advanced nations that allow direct advertising of prescription drugs, Robert Reich BigPharma makes huge profits from those of us suffering from chronic pain, fatigue, depression, anxiety,  itching, digestive issues- to name a few of … Continue reading

Posted in acupuncture, anxiety, BigPharma, de-prescribing, depression, digestive upsets, Fibromyalgia, Gabapentin/Lyrica, homeopathy, pain, polypharmacy, sleep disturbances, supplements, vitamins and herbs | 11 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Trauma Memory

” Most of us have unhealthy thoughts and emotions that have either developed as a result of trauma or hardships in their childhood, or the way they were raised”, Steven Seagal It would seem that those of us with fibromyalgia … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, dr.richie davidson, Fibromyalgia, mindfulness meditation, past trauma | 2 Comments

Fibromyalgia and our memories, our brains

” Our memory is in large part the starting point for how we think, how our preferences form, and how we make decisions”, Maria Konnikova Several weeks ago on CBC radio upon hearing an interview with Dr. Konnikova regarding the … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, brain attic, consolidation, Dr. Watson, Fibromyalgia, ICE, Mastermind, memories, mindful, reconsolidation, sherlock holmes | 6 Comments

Medications, Medications and more Medications: Fibromyalgia Medicalized

“Doctors are men who prescribe medicine of which they know little, to cure diseases of which they know less, in human beings of whom they know nothing”,Voltaire Those of us with chronic conditions are constantly seeking relief from the myriad of … Continue reading

Posted in anxiety, Big Pharma, chemicals, depression, fatigue, Fibromyalgia, gabapentin, heart disease medications, hyper-aroused central nervous system, melatonin, mindfulness meditation, myheartsisters.org, pain, pharmaceuticals, QiGong, rashes, side effects of medications, sleep disturbances, TaiChi, Thomas Szasz, yoga | 10 Comments

Fibromyalgia: An argument against being mentally ‘ill’

” My friend…care for your psyche…know thyself, for once we know ourselves, we may learn how to care for ourselves”, Socrates Fibromyalgia does not allow for any kind of scientific tests to aid in making the diagnosis of the syndrome. … Continue reading

Posted in American College of Rheumatologists, anxiety, autism, bio-feedback, christof koch, Dr. Fredrick Wolfe, Fibromyalgia, Gerald Grot and Allan Horwitz, highly sensitive persons, mind/body, mood rings, negative psycho-social emotions, neuro-ethicists, pain, pharmaceuticals, philosophers, positive psycho-social emotions, restless legs, science of consciousness, sleeplessness | 6 Comments

Is Fibromyalgia a ‘Psychosomatic’ Disorder?

” Trust one who has gone through it”, Virgil Writing that words psychomatic, in fact, even thinking about the title makes me feel uncomfortable! Who wants to be labeled as one whose pain is thought to be “JUST in your head” implying … Continue reading

Posted in 'emotional intelligence', amygdala, anger, anxiety, Dr. Hugo Critchley, Dr. John E. Sarno, Dr.Peter Levine, economically disadvantaged, fear, Fibromyalgia, fight or flight, highly empathetic, highly sensitive, insula, marginalized, mindbody medicine, nociceptors, psychosomatic, racism, rage, sandra and matthew blakeslee, sexism, sexual orientation, testosterone, The Body Has a Mind of Its Own, The Divided Mind The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders, unconscious emotions, Waking the Tiger Healing Trauma | 19 Comments

Fibromyalgia and Other Pains: Living with Anxiety and Apprehension

“It’s not the load that breaks you down, it’s the way you carry it” , Lena Horne HAPPY THANKSGIVING WEEK-END! We Canadians are always so happy our Thanksgiving falls in mid October when it’s harvest time; the leaves are gorgeous … Continue reading

Posted in adrenalin, anxiety, apprehension, catastrophize, chronic stress response, cortisol, deep breathing, Fibromyalgia, hysterics, John Sarno, mindfulness meditation, over excited nerve cells, over-stimulated nervous system, sandra and matthew blakeslee, sore hips | 12 Comments